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Nursing events help to eliminate Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcer link nurse event March 2015

Nurses and representatives from local care homes are invited to attend a series of valuable events to help reduce pressure ulcers, hosted by the George Eliot Hospital, the next event takes place on Friday 27 March.

The George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust is continually working to reduce pressure damage and partnership working with patients and care homes is an important part of this work.

A ‘Tissue Viability Link Nurse Group’ has been developed to share advice about the importance of manual handling and assessment of patients, equipment, correct seating, posture and useful tools to reduce the risk from pressure ulcers. The work the group is  helping to eliminate pressure ulcers in the community.

Deputy Nursing Director, Dilly Wilkinson said: "We work hard to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers at the Hospital, and this is another example of the dedication of our staff helping the fight to eliminate pressure sores both within the hospital and outside in the community.

“Partners from the community and nursing homes who join us at our link events are helping to improve patient care and outcomes across all areas.”

Specialist Nurse, Lorraine Thursby said: "We started these events two years ago having realised that if we are training our ward staff we should extend this training to others working with vulnerable patients out in the community to reduce the potential for pressure ulcers to develop.”

Lindon Lodge care home staff member Russel Franceliso said “I ensure that the crucial information shared at these events are passed onto everyone who works in the care home, carers and other care assistants. It enables them to make better skin assessments, to know the signs to look for and to improve the quality of life for residents by helping to treat them earlier.

“Working with George Eliot team in a patient partnership helps us to achieve the same goals of 0% tolerance of pressure ulcers.”

Events are being held in the GETEC training building at the George Eliot Hospital and are free to everyone that attends.

 Staff from local Nursing and Care Homes can book a place at future events by emailing Lorraine.thursby@geh.nhs.uk

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